A group of delinquent teens (Christina Vidal, Rachael Taylor, and Craig Horner among them) and their charges (Tiffany Lamb and Steve Vidler, the latter a cop) are at the supposedly abandoned Blackwell Hotel for community service cleaning the place up. There they run afoul of the hulking homicidal, eye-gouging maniac resident of the building (played by WWE Superstar Kane). Zoe Ventoura turns up as an early victim.
The WWE Superstar known as Kane (real name Glen Jacobs) seems like the perfect fit for a horror movie character (Kane being ĎThe Devilís favourite demoní, and brother to WWE legend The Undertaker), and so itís no surprise that in 2006 he was given his own horror vehicle (Produced by Vince McMahon himself, no less). Unfortunately, Kane, fine workhorse as he has been even to the present day, has found himself thrown into some of the worst storylines in wrestling history. And this film from director Gregory Dark and writer Dan Madigan is not much better. Thatís probably not a surprise given Madigan was a WWE writer at the time. Dark, meanwhile, has nothing to gloat about either, having experience in porn and directing Britney Spears music videos. But youíd think there was no way a horror film starring Kane as a nutjob with an eye fetish could possibly miss. It does.
The film was clearly made in Australia, with a lot of local talent on show, using largely dodgy American accents (Weird that two of the most experienced Aussies at doing American accents here, Tiffany Lamb and Rachael Taylor are the worst at it). That said, theyíre a whole lot better than most yanks trying to do an Aussie accent in films. Taylor is nauseatingly unconvincing as the resident pot-head. Sheís around for way too much of the film if you ask me.
Iím not sure what building is playing the role of Blackwell here, but credit where itís due, itís an ominous-looking building from the outside. Itís kinda cool-looking on the inside, but reminded me a touch too much of the remake of ďHouse of WaxĒ.
A slow pace really drags this thing down, but itís made worse by the stock characters and set-up. Itís all a bit bland and far too clichťd to stand out amongst other teen horror films of the period. The characters actually seem to have less depth the longer the film goes on, and some of the more objectionable ones last a lot longer than they should. Itís kinda cool that the black guy didnít die first, however.
The deaths are fun and a bit gorier than I was expecting (the WWE of 2012 is a lot more kid-friendly, so this film wouldnít get made today), but nothing to get too excited about. The highlight is probably an axe to the head, leading to flies and maggots pouring out. Disgusting. The final death is ridiculously funny. Kane is well-cast, but not at all well-used. Heís just there for his physicality, and he doesnít even look as demonic as he does in his Kane character. This guyís just a big hulking loon, and silent to boot. Jacobs is no great thesp, but heís great at playing Kane and this film really couldíve used a central menace more like Kane, more of a monster instead of just a big insane dude. Thatís right, he has more of a character in wrestling than he does here. That doesnít seem right to me.
Thereís a great bit involving a two-way mirror, however. I also liked seeing someone forced to swallow a mobile phone, something Iíve never seen before. Unfortunately it doesnít lead to the inevitable ringtone gag. Opportunity completely missed there.
I love the idea of a film about a psycho who gouges eyes out, unfortunately this run-of-the-mill horror pic doesnít take the concept anywhere interesting. Itís like the WWE decided to shove the guy who plays Kane into a horror film...and didnít much bother thinking beyond that.